Johnny Garton announces retirement

Johnny Garton announces retirement

Published On Sunday, May 31, 2020By Tim Rickson
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Johnny Garton shocks boxing world as he announces his retirement from the sport

The 'Pride of Peckham' Johnny Garton retires from boxing

Former British welterweight champion Johnny Garton (24-2-1, 10KOs) has shocked many with his surprising announcement on May 31 that he has officially retired from boxing, despite having a rematch with Chris Jenkins for the British and Commonwealth 147lbs titles lined up next.

The 33-year-old, known as 'The Pexican', wrote these plaintive words on Facebook on the evening of May 31:

"Writing this is breaking my heart because I love this sport so much, I have decided it’s time to call it a day and hang up my gloves. Due to circumstance I am unable to give a 100% to this sport and that isn’t good enough for me. I achieved my dream and had the privilege of lifting the Lonsdale belt and winning titles along the way proving so many people wrong time and time again. 

Huge thank you goes out to my team at the ibox gym who are more like a family to me. They have been there for my boxing and personal problems over the years Alan smith, Eddie Lam , Paul Taylor, @mickythegent 

Gavin Lander who is not only my strength and conditioning coach but also a great friend. 

My manger Andy Ayling and promotional team @frank_warren_official 

@kateshilland the best Nutrionist out there and goes out of her way to help.

My sponsors who have stuck by me over the last few years @psdscaffdesign @masons_scaffolding @alleystarmills @paultaylor07796 

A very special thanks to everyone who has supported me from start to finish, my support has made a reputation for itself and you always make it a great and unforgettable night. 

My family who have hated me boxing but have stood by be and support me 100%, Jemma Mcsloy, mum, Janet Garton, Jerri Garton and all the Garton clan. 

Thank you all so much. This has been such a hard decision for me to make and accept But I have to put my family first."

Comments poured in in support of Garton, who won the Southern Area, English, IBF European, and British weltereight titles during his nine-year professional career.

Promoter Lee Eaton said, "What a career. You acheived more than most boxers ever will. Be proud John boy."

Trainer John Cole added, "Enjoy your retirement with the family, you have acheived so much, well done John."

Former Southern Area and WBO Inter-Continental super-featherweight champion George Jupp commented, "Well done John, you can be proud of yourself mate."

British Boxing News would like to thank Johnny for the memories, the many excitement and thrills he provided in every single fight, and also for being a columnist a few years ago for the site. BBN would also like to wish Johnny all the very best in retirement.

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